- Corporate Girls with Curls | My Experience in the Work Place
- Author: Dinyell Carroll
Corporate Girls with Curls | My Experience in the Work Place
I've been natural for over 10 years, but I love to mix it up every now and again. There is nothing like having endless options, from adding voluminous lengths to rocking a short and sassy look. My natural texture is very fine and requires little to no maintenance, but it's also thin and sensitive to manipulation such as heat, so weave is a bit of a life saver for me. One of the biggest tasks we have as women is trying to figure out what in the heck we are going to do with our hair for vacations, weddings, holidays, work days, summer, spring, winter and fall...LOL, frankly, any occasion. When I first started wearing hair extensions, I experienced my ups and downs. The ups were the excitement of flossing my new look, but the reality of newly wearing hair extensions was hard for others to get used to.
Before I started wearing hair extensions, I decided that I wanted to do the "big chop". I could no longer deal with relaxing my natural hair and watch it dwindle the more I relaxed it. When I finally cut my hair, I felt free and at ease from the hassle of of getting my hair done every two weeks at a hair salon. My pockets thanked me too! After a few years, I wanted a different look. My natural hair was convenient, but eventually I got bored. I knew that I wanted to wear long straight locs again, but without putting my hair through the ringer of relaxing it. That's when I decided to get hair extensions for the first time. I was so excited about getting my new hairstyle, that I didn't think about what my co-workers would think when I popped up with an entirely new look.
I've worked in the corporate world since I was 19 years old. As we all know, corporate is conservative, uniform and may frown upon those who violate their standards. The corporate environment left me with minimal ideas to transition from long to short or curly to straight hair without numerous inquiries regarding the many hairstyles I wore. It appeared that wearing my hair straighter or in an updo such as a bun or a messy pin up was more acceptable than wearing my hair more textured such as in tight coiled curls. Sometimes, I would get stares or just flat out questions about my new "afro".
As one of the few women of color in my office, the last thing I wanted to feel was insecure because I wore hair extensions. Eventually, I learned that I could no longer preoccupy myself with what others feel about how I express myself culturally. Weave gave me the versatility and confidence I needed to change my look while I protect my natural hair. I felt like I could be corporate, wear hair extensions and also be a part of the natural hair movement. I could not see myself living inside a box, so I didn't.
Today, I'm living out the dream I now call OHC. I created this subscription service for the gorgeous women who love having beautiful hair extension options at the tips of their fingers like myself. Also, for the corporate girls with curls who on a daily basis think to themselves, "How am I going to wear my hair at work today?", do you, confidently. With your hair subscription, you have various options customized directly by you so that you can save money while you plan ahead and never have to ask yourself that question again!
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